Calendar of Events

Programs take place in the museum unless otherwise specified. Click here for public tour registration.
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Jul
23
Sun
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith

Join trumpet player and composer Haneef Nelson, the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 2023 Jazz Activation Fellow, for an informal performance with the Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith. While you listen, view Bob Thompson’s monumental painting Garden of Music (1960), which features depictions of Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz legends that inspired Thompson’s work. Free.

Presented with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Image: Bob Thompson, Garden of Music, 1960. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1987.4

Aug
12
Sat
Free Second Saturdays for Families: Booming Backdrops
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Second Saturdays for Families: Booming Backdrops

Discover how MATRIX artist Lisa Alvarado creates meditative, patterned works that echo non-Western traditions of abstraction. Use sand to design a colorful geometric configuration. Work alongside artist and graphic designer Lindaluz Carrillo to develop a large-scale background that emphasizes community. Enjoy a dance performance from Spectrum in Motion. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon to 2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last.

Image courtesy of Lindaluz Carrillo.

Sep
12
Tue
Virtual Artful Conversations for Members | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual Artful Conversations for Members | Thomas Day: Southern Entrepreneur and Free Person of Color

Get an inside look at the Wadsworth’s newest Spotlight exhibition featuring an 1855 bureau on loan from the Columbia (SC) Museum of Art. Join Glenna Barlow, curator of education, for an introduction to Thomas Day, a master craftsman and free person of color in the pre-Civil War South. Hear how this exceptional bureau expands our understanding of cabinetry and culture in North Carolina. This Spotlight is the second in a series of exhibitions funded by the Art Bridges Cohort Program that expands the narrative of American art and material culture through multi-institutional exhibitions on display at the Wadsworth through 2025. 

Image: Sign outside Thomas Day’s studio. Photo by Jim Lamb

Oct
8
Sun
Sunday Serenades: Myths & Legends with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm
Sunday Serenades: Myths & Legends with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

1pm gallery talk, 2pm concert

Members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra perform a concert of chamber music inspired by myths and legends featuring Karol Szymanowski’s Mythes, op. 30 (1915), for violin and piano and Franz Liszt’s tone poem Orpheus (1854). Before the performance, join Oliver Tostmann, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, to see how visual artists have interpreted myths and legends. $30; $25 for HSO subscribers and Wadsworth members; $10 for students with ID (limited availability). For tickets and information, visit hartfordsymphony.org or call (860) 987-5900. Separate reservations required for the gallery talk via thewadsworth.org.

The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum; Nancy D. Grover in honor of Leonid Sigal, concertmaster, Hartford Symphony Orchestra; and Suzanne Hopgood in memory of Frank Lord.

Oct
10
Tue
Artful Conversations for Members with Jennifer Tonkovich and Linda Roth
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artful Conversations for Members with Jennifer Tonkovich and Linda Roth

Special guest Jennifer Tonkovich, curator of drawings and prints at the Morgan Library & Museum, joins Linda Roth, Wadsworth curator of European decorative arts, in a conversation about the new book Morgan the Collector (2023).

The publication offers a series of essays illustrating a multifaceted portrait of J. Pierpont Morgan as a collector and pays tribute to Roth, who has dedicated much of her career to researching Morgan and the over 1,500 works from his collection now in the Wadsworth’s collection. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link.

Oct
14
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Latine Heritage Month
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Latine Heritage Month

Celebrate Latine heritage and culture with art making, music, and performances. Work alongside teaching artists from Bomba De Aqui in a vejigante mask-making workshop. Watch Mexican folkloric dancer Tere Luna perform in collaboration with Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. Then participate in an interactive dance presentation by Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental and learn the history of Bomba, an Afro-Puerto Rican style of music and dance. Admission is free noon–2pm.

Please note: The Hartford Marathon runs on October 14. Check hartfordmarathon.com for best access to downtown Hartford, parking bans, and road closures.

Nov
1
Wed
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas

5pm gallery viewing, 6pm lecture

Meissen, the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, has produced hard-paste porcelain in Germany since the early eighteenth century. Vanessa Sigalas, the Wadsworth’s David W. Dangremond Associate Curator for Collections Research and author of the book All Walks of Life: A Journey with The Alan Shimmerman Collection (Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2023), shares how her recent research sheds light on the creation, production, and distribution of Meissen porcelain. Join us in the galleries before the lecture to view Meissen figures from the Wadsworth’s collection. Free with reservations encouraged.

Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council and the Auerbach Library Associates at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Nov
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Fall Reflections
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Fall Reflections
As autumn ends, take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for and observe how artwork can connect us to places, ideas, and each other. Sign up for an Eyes on Art Family Tour at 12:15pm.
Film and Panel Discussion | Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Film and Panel Discussion | Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond

2pm reception, 3–5pm film and panel

Join us for the premiere of Voices of Veterans: Buffalo Soldiers and Beyond, a film produced by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture that highlights the legacy of the US Army regiment comprised mainly of Black Americans. The film examines objects from The Amistad’s permanent collection and surveys the contributions of African American military members though guided interviews with veterans. A reception to celebrate veterans living in Hartford precedes the film and a panel discussion with speakers including oral historian Nild Sansone follows. Free.

Image: Still from Voices of Veterans during interview with Deacon Arthur Miller.

Nov
14
Tue
Canceled | Artful Conversation for Members
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Canceled | Artful Conversation for Members

This Artful Conversation has been canceled.

Join Wadsworth Director Matthew Hargraves and Vanessa Sigalas, Associate Curator for Collections Research, for a virtual walk through Between Life & Death: Art and the Afterlife. Hear their lively insights (pun intended) into the exhibition and the objects from the collection that offer a glimpse into cultural responses to the mysterious passage from life to death. This virtual event will be streamed live from the exhibition concluding with a Q&A. Keep an eye on your inbox for an email invitation and registration link. Not a member yet? Learn about the perks and join today!